Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks sign guard to fit new scheme

The Seattle Seahawks signed veteran guard Ben Hamilton on Tuesday, reuniting the nine-year veteran with his former offensive line coach.

Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN.com reported that Hamilton signed a one-year contract.

The 32-year-old has played his entire career with the Denver Broncos, where Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs was the line coach during Hamilton’s first three seasons.

New Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates also is familiar with Hamilton. Bates was an assistant coach for the Broncos from 2006 to 2008, though he focused on quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Hamilton has played mostly in the same zone-blocking system that the Seahawks are having Gibbs install under new head coach Pete Carroll.

Hamilton started 80 consecutive games from 2002 to 2006 before missing the 2007 season because of concussion symptoms.

He returned to start all 16 games in 2008. He played 15 games with eight starts last season, when new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels installed a power-running game that didn’t fit Hamilton’s skills as well.

Hamilton has played mostly left guard, the position he could play in Seattle, opposite right guard Max Unger.

Extra points

The Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints will get an early test when they host the Minnesota Vikings in the 2010 season opener on Thursday, Sept. 9, in a rematch of their thrilling NFC championship game decided in overtime. The NFL announced the full 2010 schedule Tuesday. … Free-agent linebacker Jason Taylor agreed to a two-year contract with the Jets, another bold move by New York that bolsters the league’s No. 1 defense with a fierce pass rusher from the rival Miami Dolphins. … Pittsburgh reacquired quarterback Byron Leftwich by trading a seventh-round draft pick to Tampa Bay, a possible sign that the Steelers expect Ben Roethlisberger to be suspended for the start of the season. Leftwich backed up Roethlisberger in 2008. … St. Louis traded defensive tackle Adam Carriker, a first-round draft pick in 2007 out of Kennewick High, to Washington. The teams swapped picks in the fifth and seventh rounds. … Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster faces allegations that he sexually assaulted a 22-year-old college student before the AFC Championship game. … The NFL is donating $1 million for the study of brain injuries to Boston University School of Medicine. … Louis Bullard, an offensive tackle who played 35 games for the Seahawks from 1978 to 1980, died Sunday in Franklin, Tenn., at age 53. Bullard was a fifth-round draft pick by Seattle in 1978.

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